Five Habits of Productive People

Ever wonder why some people don’t seem to do much but achieve a lot, yet you find yourself cramming just to finish all your tasks but still feel that the time is not enough for you to accomplish everything that you need to do?

Given the busy lives that we all lead, staying organized and staying productive can be a challenge. It is easy to get caught up on the wrong path and waste valuable time you need to get things done.

Productive people are those who work smarter, not harder. They make any daunting tasks like a piece of cake. Someone who can finish hour-long tasks in 30 minutes or less. How can we be one of those people?

When it comes to being more efficient at your job, you probably know the basics – from spending less time procrastinating, to tuning out distractions. However, research shows a whole new side to productivity you may not have realized. In fact, some of the little things you do every day to help you be more productive may be hindering you. Below you will find a list of tips and tricks that will help guide you to a more fulfilled life. If you follow just one or two (best if you can do most of them!) of these habits, you will see your productivity soar.

  1. Make a List. As they say: plan your work, work your plan. Before your day ends, write a list of the things that you need to do for the next day. Prioritize the most important ones. Creating a daily list of “action items” that need to be accomplished keeps successful people honest, motivated, and constantly progressing. Setting aside at least 20 minutes of your time to write a morning plan can save you a whole night of tossing and turning – and you can start being kickass productive the second you wake up. Having a list enables you to manage your time properly.
  2. Create a System. When you have something you work on every day it is best to create a system to handle it efficiently and without getting overwhelmed. You’ve probably developed a few productivity-ruining habits over the years. Manage your distracting ways by creating a system. For those of you who check your emails compulsively, pick a time in a day to manage your inbox. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted from accomplishing more important goals throughout the day. You can maybe try developing a morning, afternoon, or evening routine and stick to it until it becomes a habit.
  3. Automate. Thank heavens for technology, you can save a lot of time by automating things. Even when it’s impossible to fully automate the task, we can still automate part of it. Automation can save you countless hours – especially when it comes to email marketing, social media and customer inquiries. When you automate recurring tasks, you can use your time for the most important things.
  4. Stop “multitasking”. Once upon a time, being a multitasker makes you a very valuable part of any organization. Somewhere along the lines, our culture has embraced and promoted this idea that the more we can do at once, the better. You might think you’re getting more done, but jumping between jobs actually hinders your cognitive processing. The most productive people spend several hours on a single task which allows them to get into a deep state of mental concentration, producing the best possible results. Choose one important task and commit to turning away everything else when you tackle it. Focus solely on that task. See if you do it better.
  5. Focus on being happier. Take a break. Go on vacation. Read a book. Reward yourself. Exercise. Disconnect from the world. Do what you love the most. Whatever it is that makes you happy, do it. Seems easier said than done? Remember, being unhappy makes one demotivated and decreases attention. Not being in a good mood interferes with your productivity and makes you less efficient. Taking some time to clear your head and relax can do wonders for your productivity when you return.

There is probably a lot that you can add up on that list. You might have mastered a few of these habits already, but even the most productive people are still human. Keep your list short and simple and eliminate the rest.

What productivity tips and tricks have you tried and worked best for you?

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